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INDIANAPOLIS, IN — The American Legion of Indiana passed a resolution on Sunday calling on state lawmakers to permit veterans’ access to marijuana as a therapeutic remedy.

The resolution acknowledges that legalizing cannabis access will reduce opioid addiction and overdose deaths, and urges members of the Indiana General Assembly to “amend state legislation to remove restrictions from marijuana and reclassify it in a category that, at a minimum, will recognize cannabis as a drug with potential medical value.”

Legislation is pending in the state, Senate Bill 255, to establish guidelines for the licensed production and dispending of cannabis to qualified patients.

During its national convention in September, the American Legion called on Congress to remove marijuana from its Schedule I classification under federal law. With nearly 2.5 million members, the American Legion is the largest veterans advocacy organization in the United States.

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